Effingham will likely have another restaurant serving liquor, as the number Class R liquor licenses was increased by one at Tuesday's Effingham City Council meeting.
The license was approved in anticipation of it being granted to Fujiyama Japanese Steakhouse, to be located at 1302 Avenue of Mid-America, formerly Fashion Bug. The space is currently under construction. Restaurant owner Benny Qiu informed the council that the restaurant will serve food hibachi style in which the cook prepares a meal in front of customers at tables that seat 10 to 12 people. They will also have a sushi bar, added Qiu.
According to Deputy Liquor Control Commissioner Jane Kemper, now that there is an increase in the number of Class R liquor licenses available, the council will consider granting the license to Fujiyama Japanese Steakhouse at its Nov. 5 meeting. Class R allows for the sale of liquor for consumption only. The restaurant is set to open in the next two or three months.
Also Tuesday, members of the Effingham Explorers were introduced to the council by Explorer Leader and Effingham Police Cpl. Matt Sager.
According to Sager, the Explorer program shows young people what law enforcement is really about not the “Hollywood version.” Many Explorers, he said, pursue a career in law enforcement, but those who don't still benefit from the leadership that the program provides.
Sager said the city also benefits by having the Explorer program, because it lowers the amount of additional officers needed for public events, such as parades.
All teens are considered for the program, but must be between the ages of 14 and 21.
In other news, the council:
• Approved a resolution for street closures for the Halloween Parade on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. The areas that will be closed are Maple Street, Jefferson Avenue and Second Street.
• Approved a change to the time and date for Effingham Fire Department training. A street will be closed for the use of a department apparatus from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at West Evergreen Avenue at the entrance to Heartland Peterbilt.
• Discussed donating a retired Effingham Police squad car to Lake Land College's Criminal Justice class. Mayor Merv Gillenwater said the college contacted the police department about the need of a squad car for training. With the council's support, Gillenwater will bring the issue to next month's council meeting for a vote.